Christmas Abbott is poetry in motion
A little over two years ago we introduced you to Christmas Abbott over these pages and she resonated beyond our hopes. It was the first time Inked featured a woman with a hard body in a glamour shoot, and it turned out the right lady at the right time. Beyond her physique, her story inspired (super-quick version: lived unhealthily, reassessed her life when her life was threatened while working in Iraq, became a CrossFit, Olympic lifting and NASCAR pit crew darling, founded a healthy living business, wrote The Badass Body Diet book) and continues to inspire.
INKED: Any new ink since last we saw you?
My new tattoo is the rib cage. It is a compass rose and a pocket watch done over two sessions, by Matt “Skinny” Bagwell.
Did it kill your ribs?
I thought that I was kind of a badass bitch before but we started and 30 seconds later I told him to give me five. I went into the bathroom, I looked in the mirror and said, Don’t be a little bitch and suck it up.
Hurt now, glory forever?
Absolutely. In that moment I hated all the detail I wanted but I am so happy with it now. My grandfather passed right before I got that done and the compass rose was for him. The tattoo also says, “Not all who roam are lost.” I have always just moved around, tried different things and ultimately this beautiful piece speaks clearly to who I am.
What new things are you currently pursuing?
Cool projects. I am collaborating with larger companies and more influential people. I am also doing more online nutrition projects; I’m going to create an online training program; I am writing a second book, on the balance of mind, body and spirit—the kind of balancing that we need. And I am actually getting into the entertainment industry too. I am hosting with the Spartan Race on NBC Sports, I am also working on a couple of other pilots. I am looking for that next challenge. I have dominated a few sports already—which I love—I am looking at potentially dominating golf, maybe.
Are you still doing NASCAR and CrossFit?
I am still competing in CrossFit, we are getting ready for the CrossFit Open and, simultaneously, I am still competing in weightlifting. The pit crew was such an amazing experience. I wish that I had found it 10 years earlier, I found it when I was 30 years-old. I am 34! The wear-and-tear on your body, the travel, the demands, already running my business and already competing in another sport, I didn’t have the ability to balance; it was either all NASCAR pit crew or nothing. There was no way for that to be part time, if I found it at 20 or 22 I would have made that my career. I think you will see more women getting into tire changing in the next few years.
What is it like being a female role model?
I say “fuck” a lot, role models probably shouldn’t say that a lot. Honestly, it blows me away every time a younger female comes up and wants me to sign something or tells me that she looks up to me. It is a huge honor, it humbles me. My role models were heroin chic skinny supermodels and I am so happy to be part of this movement going towards a more curvier women, healthier styles, stronger women and not just in physical but mental strength as well, with that confidence, you don’t see that. You see it more now than you ever have before and I feel honored to be part of that movement. I never would have expected it.
You also say “bitch” a lot, what does that word mean to you?
I guess I do say “bitch” a lot. I think that it is an empowered woman. I don’t think that it has a negative tone anymore. When someone says, “You are such a bitch.” I say, “Thank you so much.” I am unapologetically who I am, and I own it. It does not appeal to everybody and I am okay with that because I love who I am.
When you look in the mirror what do you see?
A relentless rebel. We all should be: you don’t have to conform to anything. Embrace—unapologetically—who you are, that is the most beautiful thing in the world.
Christmas Abbott is poetry in motion A little over two years ago we introduced you to Christmas Abbott over these pages and she resonated beyond our hopes. It was the first time Inked featured a […]